Mitchell Starc returns to BBL, Jonny Bairstow signs for Melbourne Stars
The Australian pacer, Mitchell Starc, who missed the last six seasons of Big Bash League, will represent Sydney Sixers for the next edition of BBL. While Sydney Sixes signed the left-arm pacer from Australia, the Melbourne Stars roped in the England opener, Jonny Bairstow.
Most of the star Australian players will not be available for the whole season due to international commitments. But, the speedster, Mitchell Starc is expected to play the last three league games and the playoffs.
“I’ve been watching from afar, the Big Bash, so it’s nice to be back involved this year and seeing the guys run around it’s a great product,” Starc was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
“It’s a great time of the year for cricket in Australia and the Big Bash just shows that level of cricket and I guess that excitement that everyone wants to watch.
“I was watching Steve and Josh get back involved last year, and still being around and involved with the club I saw a little bit of an opportunity to jump back in. I’m just really looking forward to being back with some of my really close mates that play for NSW and the Sixers. There are some great people at the Sixers behind the scenes too.”
Jonny Bairstow, who is currently playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, will make his debut for Melbourne Stars in the summer. He is excited to play along with Maxwell, Stoinis and Zampa for the Melbourne Stars.
“I’m really pleased to have signed with the Stars. I’ve always watched the BBL no matter where I’ve been in the world and it will be nice to finally be a part of it. I know the Stars are one of the competition’s profile clubs and have a track record of being in contention in finals,” Bairstow said.
“The list is looking good and I can’t wait to get involved alongside Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa who I’ve been playing against during the IPL. I know Melbourne has been through a tough time over the winter with COVID so I hope the Stars can bring some of the fun back over summer and put a smile on people’s faces.”
The upcoming edition of one of the successful T20 league will start on December 10. The first game of the season between Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers at the Bellerive Oval.